Want to Live Longer? Get a Dog, According to Science

Want to Live Longer? Get a Dog, According to Science

Dogs bring happiness to our lives, but it turns out -- according to science --- they also bring more years to our lives. New research published in Scientific Reports found owning a dog will lower your risk of cardiovascular disease if you’re single, with a reduced risk of cardiovascular and all other causes of death in the general population. Hunting breed pups were associated with the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease. Scientists studied over 3.4 million Swedish adults from national databases over 12 years. The residents were 40 to 80 years of age. The study doesn’t show how dogs help their owners live longer, but scientists say dogs provide social support and dog owners tend to be more physically active. Whatever the cause, here’s yet another reason to snuggle up with your pup when you get home tonight.

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